Friday 24th February 2012 – Clubnight – Hugh Rooney and John Miskelly

Unfortunately, our guest speaker booked earlier in the season was unable to make it tonight, so at very short notice our two stalwarts, Hugh and John stepped into the breech and provided us with a tutorial evening centred around Workflow and Lightroom and Photoshop.

Hugh explained his theoretical order of converting his RAW photographic image into a finished photograph which is ready to be printed.  He took the time to explain by demonstration, the basic steps used in converting a RAW image to a finished image using the Develop module within Adobe Lightroom.  There were demonstrations of colour balance adjustment, sharpening and noise reduction given on a specially selected group of his own images.

John transferred to his own Mac laptop and discussed with illustrations, how he saw a wonderful panorama vista whilst travelling back to the ferry after a holiday where the weather and light was poor.

He explained the process of taking the multiple of overlapping photos, whilst being aware of the changes of lighting as he turned towards the setting sun.

He then loaded the photos into PTgui software which he uses for stitching panoramas.   Using lower than normal resolution jpgs for speed of demonstration, the panorama was quickly produced and cropped.

A quick sortie into Photoshop was made to remove an errant bystander and several cars and a quick tweak of the bright corner resulted in a  perfect panorama.

Inspiration indeed for all present.  Thanks again to Hugh and John for a very interesting and informative evening which proved that there is really no difference in an image shot by a Nikon or Canon.  It’s all in the eye of the photographer.

Wednesday 4th January 2012 – Clubnight

Tonight we intended to do something a little bit different.  As a follow-on from previous discussions on mentoring, the plan was, for part of the evening, to gather together in individual mentoring groups and discuss some detailed aspects of camera operation.

There were initially two groups, one led by Mark and another by myself.   Mark’s group were Nikon users whilst mine were Canon users.

Before this however, I set up my camera on a tripod at the front of the room and attached an intervalometer.   The intention was to take one photo every 5 seconds for a total of 20 minutes giving 240 frames.   After focusing and setting the ISO to 640, I disabled autofocus, image stabiliser, and set the quality to JPG.

The shooting was initialised and left to run for 20 minutes.  I’ll have the results next week. Continue reading

Sunday 4th December 2011 – New link to Flash Photography Exposure Basics

Go to our Photo Resources page.  A new video link has been added.

Flash photography is a skill not many try to master. Its like people just don’t want to learn it and just muddle through with their camera and flash on auto. I’m here to tell you: its super easy!!! The basics of flash exposure: Shutter speed affects ambient light only ISO and aperture affect ambient light AND flash Flash distance, power, and modifiers all change its output. Continue reading

Wednesday 5th October 2011 – Clubnight

Gosh, it was a busy night tonight.

The plan was to teach Angus how to cut photo mounts.  The table was got out and set up ahead of everyone arriving.

A great word of thanks to Davy Cooper for installing two extra speakers at the back of the room.   If you can’t hear now, then its your hearing aid that needs testing!

Also a word of warning to users of the sound system.  Go easy on the volume settings.  Its much more sensitive and if let rip, its likely to disturb people in Carrickfergus and Whitehead.

Whilst awaiting on our trainee, we took the opportunity to show Shirley’s first Audio Visual show called My Movie, and what a stunning effort it was too.  There was a lovely variety of brightly coloured images including her winning entry in monochrome from last Friday night.  It really was good to see such a good standard on her first AV.

Jack arrived with an AV which he is working on, but not complete.  It was about a walk around the beautiful gardens of Mounstewart.   He did his own critique.

Not to be outdone, Julie submitted an AV based on shoreline photos taken recently on the North Coast.   What was eye- catching was the perfect registration of the shots which showed the big breakers hitting the rocks.  There was a sense of wave motion in the presentation.  Perhaps a shorter dissolve between the photo where the sea was breaking would really be realistic.  Nevertheless it was excellent.

Bill Cardwell show us a selection of his recent photos and gave us a great description of their locations.

Michael had a chat with me during the tea break, telling me that he had secured a large inkjet printer which should serve him well in his fine art work.  An opportunity was taken to take a couple of ID photos, and an apology to Stephen.  Sorry, I had printed Stanley on his ID card.  I’ll have  a new one for Friday.   I had Deborah and Angus’ ID cards but forgot to give them to them.

Angus brought along four prints and two sheets of mountboard.  As is the usual practice I talked hin through and actually measured and cut the first one.   One of the more difficult parts of mount cutting was to make best economical use of a single board.    Our aim was to get four mounts from one board which was bought from Easons in BAngor.

I reminded him of the adage, “Measure twice and cut once”    Indeed measure many times and cut once should be more like it.

Anyway after the first on, Angus competently cut the remaining three, which were of an odd ratio, resulting in prints from this camera phone.   Angus is now the proud owner of a new Canon DSLR.   I look forward to see what he can do with it.